EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The Indiana Department of Transportation announced the Pigeon Creek Bridge along Highway 41 will be closed for several months.
This comes after a truck with an oversized load caused major damage to the bridge’s superstructure.
According to INDOT crews, there’s something more that sets Pigeon Creek bridge apart from the rest beside a fresh coat of blue paint.
“This bridge was built in the 1940s. The early 1940s and with the truss bridge, all of the support is with the beams that are on top. There’s actually nothing underneath it supporting it like you would see on a bridge that you would see nowadays,” says INDOT spokesperson Jason Tiller.
According to Indiana State Police, on Tuesday an oversized truck missed it’s turned onto lynch road and kept heading south over the bridge.
The truck’s load hit the bridge, causing extensive damage to the beams.
The bridge was re-open six months ago after being closed to replace the deck of the bridge, the driving surface, and also to refresh the trusses.
Tiller says the crews are upset to see the bridge damaged after long months of hard work.
“I can tell you there are several people up at the district who are absolutely sick this morning you know for us to have just finished this project and do such a good job on it.”
But the bridge has been closed once again and traffic has been rerouted to diamond ave making it a hassle for some drivers.
“It’s really horrible. It sucks especially five, six o’clock everybody’s getting off work you come down through this little exit that they’re giving you and were just sitting at the light for 25 minutes, ” says local driver Zacary Ribbins.
Robbins says he’s an uber driver and the bridge closing is hard on business.
“Yes, every time that I go out to the airport or TJ Maxx you know the hotels, anything like that the riders get upset because we’re sitting in traffic. “
INDOT officials project the bridge will be closed up to nine months.
(This story was originally published on January 22, 2020)
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